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Operation SAFE HAVEN : Troops Arrest Notorious Kidnappers, Armed Robbers – DHQ


Troops of Operation SAFE HAVEN in conjunction with Plateau State Police Command have arrested two notorious kidnappers, named Abdulrazaq Umar and Idris Abdullahi, at Beco Junction Heipang District, Barkin Ladi Local Government Area, Plateau State on the 7th and 8th of July, 2022.

This was achieved through sustained efforts at maintaining their mandate in ensuring a hitch free and peaceful Sallah celebration.

A statement by Director Defence Media Operations, Major General, Benard Onyeuko explained that the suspects confessed to have carried out several kidnapping activities within Plateau and Bauchi States including the murder of Alhaji Saleh Abdulhamid (Shaba) at Ex Land Village on 22 Jun 22.

The Suspects further revealed one Mallam Buhari Umar as the leader of the gang. However, while enroute the criminals hideout, suspects attempted to escape and were neutralized.

Similarly, on the 9th of July 2022, Onyeuko said troops of Operation SAFE HAVEN conducted a raid Operation at MAILAFIA, NISAMA, DOGON FILLI and GIDAN WAYA all in JEMA’A Local Government Area of Kaduna State and arrested two Armed Robbers; Mr George Yakubu and George Joseph aged 26 and 25 years respectively.

Items recovered from the suspects
according to the Defence Headquarters, includes; 3 Fabricated AK 47 Riffles, 1 Knife, 1 Cutting Hoe, 1 Cutter and 1 Spanner, amongst others.

“Also, on the same day, troops responded to a distress call that gunmen attacked a Toyota Hummer Bus with Registration Number LFA 322 YR Nasarawa at DOGON FILLI village, JEMA’A Local Government Area of Kaduna State. Troops mobilized to the scene and rescued 9 passengers who were held hostage.

“The military high command commends troops of Operation SAFE HAVEN for their efforts and encourages the general public to avail troops with credible and timely information on criminal activities” Onyeuko stated.

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